SALES REPRESENTATIVE (Former Employee) – Overland Park, KS – August 17, 2016
While I worked at Penton and prior ownerships all of my ratings were correct. However, while working there we were purchased 3 times so quite honestly I cannot speak for the current ownership and culture.
Associate Editor (Former Employee) – Overland Park, KS – February 8, 2015
I wrote for Expansion Management magazine, an international economic development magazine. Expansion offered an ideal environment to learn the ropes of economic development through writing, travel opportunities and networking with industry experts.
On the phone contacting clients and setting up appointments for each week. Then would fly or drive to those clients I covered about 21 states. How to be persistent in order to be successful. Being in front of my clients as often as need be. Some said I was a pain in a nice way. Not a lot of contact because I had deadlines every month and I would project that months numbers and my publisher would just normally say whats your best number. We talked maybe once a week but mostly at the end of each month. Nice guy no problems he always gave me a top notch evaluation. Keeping up the yearly 40% attrition factor. Trying to grow a territory is tough when you loose that much business for reasons out of your control. The feeling of making the sale.
Money! Plus trade show events & sales meetings in beautifull places to take Bahamas
Travel, away every week mostly flying, and not getting home till the weekend. Less family time.
My day was always filled with work which I enjoyed. I learned new procedures that were implemented by co-workers as well as I was responsible for many new procedures to cut down the amount of time spent on certain tasks. I would say that I enjoyed my job every single aspect of it. The only time the job was hard was when I was being trained by certain employees who were not very good at training so I had to basically train myself or ask someone else in the department how to properly do something if I was not sure.
Penton is truthfully a great company to work for. When I was hired, everyone said the people would be the best part of job...well they were right, it's really the people that have kept me here. The company is filled with sharp, smart editors, sales reps, project managers and creatives who come from really varied backgrounds. That makes the days interesting and diverse.
Overall, I would recommend this company to any entry-level candidate looking to break in to the world of publishing/information services. The best part of the job is interacting with others and working hard to provide excellent customer service. The tough part is dealing with management and their constantly changing objectives, which make it tough to feel certain about the company's future. Also there really aren't career paths here, so once you're hired for a position you will likely work that position until you leave the company.
free lunch occasionally, work from home options, great people, very communal, lots of learning opportunities
no 401k match, benefits could be better, management changes company goals often
1980's style management, quiet workplace, little chance of advancement and low pay.
Manager (Former Employee) – Overland Park, KS – May 17, 2013
Worked here formerly and everyone that remains is miserable. Too many vendor systems do not operate properly and nobody up top wants to hear about it. Clients are the ones that take it on the chin.
Too many careless drones plodding away just waiting out the days until they retire. I was able to advance to a certain point just for having a little ambition and a brain, but was eliminated when I asked for more responsibility and started trying to solve problems.
They allowed me to start my career, but would not recommend working here unless it is your very last option before flipping burgers or squeezing coffee for the masses.
Affordable insurance and decent vacation and sick time
Authoritarian management style, no transparencey from the top, no recognition, small--if any raises, pays 20% less than industry standard